Dead After Bus Carrying Texas Students Plunges Into Ravine

Driver killed Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

Lulled asleep by the humming of their Texas-bound charter bus following a trip to Disney World, members of a high school band were jarred awake before dawn Tuesday when the rig ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine.

Mark Kramer, spokesman for Channelview Independent School District, which is in a Houston suburb, confirmed that the accident involved a charter bus carrying Channelview High School band members. WALA reports five of the passengers are in serious condition and one in critical condition.

The extent of the injuries is not known, but the Baldwin County Coroner's Office told CNN it is responding to the scene.

This photo provided by Jesus Tejada shows first responders searching around a bus that plunged into a ravine, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on Interstate 10, Loxley, Ala. Some victims were lifted up by ropes, some were carried out by deputies. "We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees, and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them though this hard situation". Caligone was not the driver in the previous crashes.

The cause of the crash is unclear. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers. "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation", they said in a statement to KHOU.

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An image of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus landed on its side, far below the pavement. Interstate 10 didn't reopen in both directions for about 10 hours after the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says both lanes on the interstate have been closed. Authorities say the passengers were taken to 10 different hospitals. WKRG in Mobile reported four patients remained at Sacred Heart, two in good condition and two in fair.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying that he and his wife Cecilia are heartbroken by the news. "We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them through this hard situation".

17-year-old Bianca Torres plays percussion for the Channelview High School Band.

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